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Newfoundlanders Nathan Barker, Abby Clarke are AUS athletes of the week

The Memorial Sea-Hawks’ Nathan Barker (11), shown letting off a shot against the UNB Varsity Reds at the Field House in St. John’s over the weekend, is the second-leading scorer in the Atlantic universities men’s basketball conference.
The Memorial Sea-Hawks’ Nathan Barker (11), shown letting off a shot against the UNB Varsity Reds at the Field House in St. John’s over the weekend, is the second-leading scorer in the Atlantic universities men’s basketball conference. - Memorial University

Barker gets double honours, joining fellow basketballer Haille Nickerson to earn Memorial Sea-Hawks' weekly award

Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball star Nathan Barker received two honours this week.

Hours after he was announced as Memorial’s athlete of the week, Barker was named the Atlantic University Conference’s top athlete for the past seven days.

Abby Clarke

Barker was outstanding as the Sea-Hawks split with the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds last weekend at the Field House, averaging 26.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and three assists per game.

Haille Nickerson

The Corner Brook native currently sits second in AUS conference scoring, with 21.3 points per game.

Barker wasn’t the only Newfoundlander to earn AUS honours Tuesday.

Abby Clarke of Springdale, a fifth-year goaltender for the St. Thomas Tommies women’s hockey team, was named the AUS female athlete of the week.

Clarke led the Tommies to a pair of weekend wins over the Saint Mary’s Huskies and the UPEI Panthers, making just 76 saves in total and allowing just a single goal.

With the wins, Clarke improved her goal- against average to 1.05 and save percentage to .961, both the best in the Atlantic conference and tops in the nation amongst CIS goalies who have made 10 or more appearances this season. She also sits atop the AUS and the CIS in wins, with 13 in 15 games.

Basketballer Haille Nickerson, from Grimsby, Ont., was the Sea-Hawks’ female athlete of the week, after averaging 17 points in a pair of losses to the Varsity Reds. She averaged 6.5 rebounds per game and 1.5 steals.

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